Samsung 40” LCD TV

This has to be the best deal on the Samsung 40" Class Full-HD 1080p LCD HDTV, LN40A530.  You can get it from Walmart.com for dirt cheap…$899.  I’m thinking of having it delivered to the store.

But, now I need something for the LCD Tv to sit on.  I think this French Country Entertainment Center is just perfect. Nice size, easy to put together and it received some good reviews.

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Used Paintball Guns

 41CGSDMZA0L._SL160_I’m sure you have your own ideas about spending money on paintball guns and have even considered buying used paintball guns.  Paintball is expensive and the price of a new paintball gun can run from $200 to $2000 dollars! So it makes sense to consider buying a used paintball gun.

But, be careful when buying used…you should always make sure that the paintball gun manufacturer is still in business because chances are high that you will need servicing.

It is always good to make sure that if you do buy a used paintball gun that it is in  good condition and does not use a carbon dioxide pressure system.  These type of paintball guns cannot be reused.

You can find plenty of used and refurbished paintball guns on ebay, Amazon and other classified ads, but it is probably best to visit your local paintball shops in person to discuss you options when purchasing a used paintball gun.

Gun Marker Paintball

tippmann 98 paintball marker gun Recently I’ve been doing some research on the sport of paintball.  One thing I did found out was that paintball guns were called markers.  It is amazing how complex the paintball markers have become over the years.  Plus the sport of gun marker paintball is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Participating in gun marker paintball is a great stress reliever as well as a good team-building event.  But gun marker paintball is not just about shooting each other with paintballs. 

Since officially becoming a sport in 1980, gun marker paintball developed many fields of play: woodsball, scenario, speedball/tournament and stock class.

If you are interested in gun marker paintball, I suggest doing research first.  Gun markers can become expensive, so it is a good thing to poke around at the various paintball forum sites to see what is best for you.

The Faces Behind My Favorite Childhood Comics and Books

It is fun being a parent.  It is fun because I get to read old books that my parents used to read when I was a kid. 

As a kid, I could care less who the authors were, but as I get older I get more curious as to who these people where…you know, kinda like watching the behind the scenes footage of your favorite movies.

Below is a compile list of my favorites and the faces behind them. 

h.a. rey curious george authors Curious George – H.A. Rey.  Who is H.A. Rey?  Two people…Hans Augusto Rey and his wife, Margaret Rey.  The books are awesome and features my favorite little monkey.  An interesting fact is that George was originally called Zozo in the UK, as to avoid calling king George VI a monkey. I bet now he wouldn’t mind.

richard-scarry The Best Word Book Ever  – Richard Scarry.  His real name was Richard McClure Scarry and is actually pronounced like “marry.”  You may not recognize the title, but if you have been any kindergarten you have certainly seen the books…They were very creative and had diagrams that even help me to this day (like how plumbing works.)

 

jim-davis-garfield Garfield – Jim Davis.  Hand down, the first comic strip that inspired me to become a comic artist.  It is amazing how much Garfield has changed over the years. I have to say though, I enjoy the books, but not to thrilled with the latest CGI movie junk.  Aw well, still love Garfield.

 

 

 

brad-anderson-marmaduke Marmaduke – Brad Anderson.  There was something cool about that dog. Brad Anderson was an inspiration to me as well…I thought it was cool that he actually drew the comics with a paintbrush and India ink. Marmaduke was actually created by Anderson back in 1954…that would make Marmaduke about 385 years old. :)

 

 

CharlesSchulz Peanuts – Charles Schultz.  Still one of my favorites to this day…I really dig the music of Vince Guaraldi.  Charles died in 2000, but the Peanuts strip still continues.

 

 

 

 

 

gary-larson-farside The Far Side -  Gary Larson.  My friend Jeff introduced me to the Far Side back in 9th grade.  I thought my life was meaningless until I read these awesome, surrealistic, humorous one-panel works of art.  The silliness of Gary Larson pretty much sums up how my mind works in regards to humor…stupid, simple and enjoyable.

 

 

MargaretWiseBrown-goodnight-moon Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown.  Not really a favorite, but one I really remember.  My son has this book and I read it to him as well.  The book is simple, but fun and was first published in 1947.  Just a cool bedtime book for kids.

 

 

 

 

Don-Freeman-corduroy Corduroy – Don Freeman.  Just a cool classic series of books written and illustrated by the same person.  What I find interesting is that most of the human male characters in his books really resemble Don.  He has authored and illustrated 20 books.

 

 

 

 

 

dr-seuss-geisel Cat In the Hat – Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel).  I’d never hear the end of it if I didn’t put something in here about the Cat In the Hat.  Probably one of the most popular children’s books writers ever, it is funny to know that his real name is Theodor.  I’ve always known that his books were written years ago, but I found it interesting that he died in 1991…not too long ago.  Heck, I was in college. 

He published more than 60 children’s books…a pretty amazing accomplishment.  An interesting fact: He joined the Army during WWII to work in the animation department of the Air Force, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.